Hawks in the NFL: Week 2
It was a promising start for former Hawkeyes in the NFL in week two when the Packers-Vikings squared off at noon on Sunday. Minnesota’s first possession was a three-and-out with the punt team on. Packers WR Geronimo Allison blocked the punt that landed in CB Josh Jackson’s arms for a quick touchdown.
The early fireworks sizzled the rest of the day, at least statistically speaking. However, there were a few notables.
NFL Week 2 Highlights:
In San Francisco, TE George Kittle caught only two passes for 22 yards after a big week one. He remains a favorite target for QB Jimmy Garoppolo who has already targeted him 13 times. His production likely slowed due to the 49ers large lead against Detroit. Additionally, Kittle would have had a 15-yard touchdown if not for Lions S Quandre Diggs holding on to his jersey once he knew he was beat, drawing a holding penalty.
In Buffalo, the Bills defense continues to decline so much so that CB Vontae Davis retired at halftime after trailing 28-6. His teammates were left stunned and angry. A well-respected defense last year is falling apart. S Micah Hyde, who earned a trip to the Pro Bowl this past season after a fast start, is off to a slower one in 2018 with six tackles thus far for the Bills.
In Denver, rookie LB Josey Jewell recorded the first two tackles of his career including a key stop late in a comeback win over the visiting Raiders.
In Cleveland, the Browns were without clubhouse leader LB Christian Kirksey, who was injured last week. The Browns lost a close one in New Orleans.
In San Diego, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn chewed out CB Desmond King like a piece of Kirk Ferentz’ bubble gum. King and Bills WR Zay Jones were engaging in some spirited back-and-forth talk for a few plays before King was slapped with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty leading to the Bills first points.
“Stupid, very stupid” says Lynn. “Very frustrated. That’s what championship teams don’t do. They don’t make those types of mistakes.”
King says of the penalty, “I didn’t think it was that bad. But, if my coach thinks it’s bad, it definitely won’t happen again. It was a mistake, just a reaction.”
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For the record, he did not agree with the call.
“It was a BS call to me, honestly. I mean, you have to let us play football. It’s going to happen. We are playing away. They are looking for the small things to call, and that was the one they got on me.”
Fortunately for King, the play did not end up impacting the game as the Chargers won 31-20.
In Kansas City, a whole lot of offense was on display and very little defense. Still, LB Anthony Hitchens continues to rack up tackles adding 12 in Sunday’s 42-37 win over Pittsburgh. Hitchens ranks second in the NFL in tackles, one behind leader Darius Leonard.
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In Green Bay, DT Mike Daniels did not record any stats, but one particular play he was in against Minnesota is brewing up some controversy with the rules department.
The play in focus was when Daniels easily beat RG Mike Remmers and should have had an easy sack. But, all of a sudden Daniels let up when Vikings QB Kirk Cousins pump faked. His hesitation allowed Cousins to scramble for one yard and avoid what would have been a big sack.
The hesitation from Daniels stems from the NFL’s new and even stricter policy on roughing the QB. The new policy is getting a lot of negative attention and defensive players are already fed up with it, such as Daniels’ teammate Clay Matthews.
In addition to his touchdown on the blocked punt and his first Lambeau Leap, Josh Jackson added four tackles in the 29-29 overtime tie with the Vikings.
In New England, DE Adrian Clayborn surprisingly has yet to record any stats with his new team. The Patriots lost to Jacksonville on the road, 31-20.
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HawkeyeNation.com’s Week 2 Game Ball: This week’s game ball goes to Josh Jackson for making a head’s up play in the Packers-Vikings rivalry, which really started things off on a good note for Green Bay. Without Jackson’s touchdown, it could have been a much different game.
HawkeyeNation.com Game Balls:
Week 1: George Kittle, 49ers
Week 2: Josh Jackson, Packers
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